(Oryza sativa) 150 days. [1685 or earlier. The main rice grown in Carolina wetlands for hundreds of years. Seedstock from Anson Mills.] Golden long grain rice. Slow Food USA, in the Ark of Taste listing, praises its “stunning subtle green tea, nutty almond and floral aromas and flavors. Carolina Gold brown rice tastes almost like barley with a nutty taste and a little bit of a sweet finish. It has a beautiful chewy texture.” Pkt (7 g, 230 seeds)

Growing instructions: Rice needs nitrogen-rich soil. Rice does not need to be flooded - flooding is traditionally used for weed control - but plants will need an inch of rain or irrigation per week. Direct seed or transplant healthy seedlings, 6 in. apart in rows 9-12 in. apart. Keep well-weeded - don’t let grass weeds become mixed up in your rice! Harvest: Finches and other birds love rice, so use bird netting to protect the mature seedheads. Harvest when seeds are brown, gently pulling mature seeds off the stalks, harvesting several times over a period of a few days. For eating, rice needs to be dehulled, which requires specialized machinery, such as Grain Maker’s Homestead Huller.

Read more about Carolina Gold rice in the Carolina Gold Rice Foundation's newsletters
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Grains & Cover Crops

Our Grain Growing Guide covers Amaranth, Rice, and Sorghum. See variety descriptions for other crops on this page.
Corn is listed separately from these grains. Seed for grain corn can be found here as dent, flint, and flour corn, as gourdseed corn, and as popcorn.